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I wouldn't like to be a character in one of my books!

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By the usual reckoning, the worst books make the best films.

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You have to have something worth saying and then the ability to say it- writing's a double skill, really.

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I'm not a great believer in awards-of course the fact that I've never won one has nothing to do with it at all!

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I still find it hard to understand that anyone could argue that you can't have machines that exhibit consciousness.

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I think the future stopped looking American when you think back to Blade Runner and Neuromancer, when it started to look more Japanese.

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As a writer, you get to play, you get alter time, you get to come up with the smart lines and the clever comebacks you wish you'd thought of.

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Technology determines the possibilities of society. It doesn't matter whether you start out from a fascist state or a communist state or a free-market state.

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As long as a film stays unmade, the book is entirely yours, it belongs to the writer. As soon as you make it into a film, suddenly more people see it than have ever read the book.

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